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Hare Krishna, Dear Vaishnavis

by Malati devi dasi

Posted October 15, 2007

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As you may know, the incidence of breast cancer has been on the rise worldwide over the last 30 years and is showing little or no sign of subsiding. Cervical cancer is another disease for which we need to be alert. In fact, two devotees in our community of Vaishnavi's have recently been diagnosed with cancer - one with breast cancer and one with cervical cancer. Both of these cases were very advanced before being detected. Early screening could have detected their presence and allowed for intervention treatment.

With this in mind, it is strongly recommended that ladies pay attention to their health. In this case, in reference to regular mammogram's and pap smear screenings. Both tests are administered by Wheeling Health Right at no charge to Health Right members. Mammograms are recommended yearly for women over the age of 50; tests may be run for women under 50 on a case-by-case basis for those who have a personal or family history of breast disease or abnormalities. Please see the current issue of Time magazine which feature an informative report on breast cancer. Pap smears taken to detect cervical cancer are for women of all ages. The pap smear should be taken annually for the first 3 years; if the first 3 tests register normal, then testing is recommended every 5 years thereafter.

To set an appointment for either test, call Health Right at 304-233-9323. Health Rite is a member of both the Ohio and West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Projects, and again, these tests may be taken through Health Rite free of charge for members. If you are not on the Health Right plan, you may be tested at the Marshall County health department. The health department charges fees on a sliding scale based on income/family size. To inquire about cost and/or schedule an appointment at the health department, call

Early detection could have benefited our Vaishnavi sisters who are now dealing with cancers in the advanced stages. Please consider not only your own health, but also the wellbeing of your family, friends, and the larger Vaishnava community who too suffer when a loved one is afflicted.

Thank you and please take care, Malati devi dasi

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